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Did you know that drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional death for children under 5? Or that drowning is preventable?
May is National Water Safety Month and the temperature is heating up – which means our kids and our families are taking to the pools, lakes, rivers and beaches to stay cool. Colin’s Hope is proud to provide you and your family with Water Safety Tips to help keep you and your family safer around water. Each week during May, Colin’s Hope will highlight one layer of protection you can put in place on your next trip! Follow us on Facebook for the latest information.
Community Water Safety Tips from Colin’s Hope
WATER SAFETY TIP #1: Always assign an undistracted adult WATER GUARDIAN to WATCH children around water. If that adult needs to take a break, have them physically appoint another adult to take their place as the WATER GUARDIAN. Drowning is fast and silent. If your eyes are on the children in and around the water, you can react in time to avoid a tragedy. Order your FREE Water Guardian Badge and water safety information card today.
WATER SAFETY TIP #2: Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket. Wearing a properly fitted life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) can reduce the risk of drowning. This is applicable to swimmers, boaters, and users of kayaks, jet skis, or other personal watercraft. Check out this PSA from the National Injury Prevention Council.
WATER SAFETY TIP #3: Learn to swim. Everyone should learn to swim and no one should swim alone. Visit our Resource Hub today to learn more: http://www.colinshope.org/…/water-safety-tips/learn-to-swim/
WATER SAFETY TIP #4: Make a water safety plan before your next trip. Start (or continue) having conversations with your family about water and swimming safety. Make a plan before your next trip whether it’s to a beach, lake, pool party, or hotel. Quick rules like waiting for an adult to watch children or making life jackets a must in open water can save a life. Need suggestions? Visit our resource hub for ideas to help build your family’s water safety plan: http://www.colinshope.org/water-safety-resources/
Sadly, Texas has already lost 32 children to fatal drownings, while many more have survived a non-fatal drowning.
BE A WATER GUARDIAN. Colin’s Hope challenges YOU to take and share the Colin’s Hope Water Safety Quiz. At the end of the quiz, please put #watersafetymonth in the comments section and Colin’s Hope will know that you share the vision of a world where children do not drown.
COLIN’S HOPE & NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH IN THE MEDIA
- FCB Health – Not Out Of The Water – In an effort to educate parents and caregivers of the drowning signs and symptoms they need to look for the AFTER LEAVING THE WATER Colin’s Hope has partnered with FCB Health to share safety information. Visit www.notoutofthewater.com to learn more.
- KXAN News – “Demystifying Dry Drowning”
- KVUE ABC – ‘Drowning is fast, drowning is silent’ | Local group Colin’s Hope aims to stop Texas deaths
- FOX 7 – ‘National Water Safety Month’
- KVUE – ‘ORGANIZATION URGES LIFE JACKET USAGE AFTER RECENT DROWNINGS’